Skip to main content Accessibility help
Cambridge University Press
Online publication date:
October 2023
Print publication year:
Online ISBN:

Book description

By integrating sociological, psychological, and biological perspectives, this book aims to demystify and destigmatize a challenging and taboo topic – suicide. It weaves current theories and statistics on suicide into a larger message of how suicide can affect almost anyone, and how urgent prevention needs are. Written in an accessible manner, it assumes no pre-existing knowledge of suicide. The broad nontechnical overview will appeal to general readers and a wide range of disciplines, including politics and policy, biology, psychology, sociology, and psychiatry. It concludes on a positive note, focused on recovery, resilience, and hope. It considers not only how these factors may play a role in suicide prevention, but how, despite persistent suicide rates, we can proceed optimistically and take concrete action to support loved ones or promote suicide prevention efforts.


‘I highly recommend this book for its thorough analysis of suicide, from the devastating, pervasive suffering across ages and demographics to strategies for prevention and interventions. After presenting a biological perspective that goes beyond the usual links between depression and suicide, the book ends with evidence-based, hopeful recommendations for building personal, community, and societal resiliency for suicide prevention.’

Jeffrey B. Rosen - University of Delaware

‘This is an indispensable guide to what we know and - as important - what we don’t know and need to learn about suicidality from multiple disciplinary perspectives.’

Jonathan D. Moreno - University of Pennsylvania

‘A thoughtful and encompassing survey of an emotionally difficult subject. Drs. Stacy and Schulkin weave together history, biology, demography, and psychology to elucidate the underlying causes of suicide across cultures. They end embracing resilience and hope, with actionable steps for addressing this health crisis.’

Michael L. Power - Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Refine List

Actions for selected content:

Select all | Deselect all
  • View selected items
  • Export citations
  • Download PDF (zip)
  • Save to Kindle
  • Save to Dropbox
  • Save to Google Drive

Save Search

You can save your searches here and later view and run them again in "My saved searches".

Please provide a title, maximum of 40 characters.



Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

Book summary page views

Total views: 0 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between #date#. This data will be updated every 24 hours.

Usage data cannot currently be displayed.